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MAMA Youth Trainees Graduate at the BBC

Today marks the final day of yet another What’s Up TV training programme delivered by the MAMA Youth Project in partnership with BBC, Procam TV and Sky. 24 young people from under-represented backgrounds have successfully completed 14 weeks of intensive training while working on a Sky1 commission and are now well equipped to enter the industry. We wish our trainees all the success & best of luck in starting a career within the television industry, we will be with you every step of the way.

On Tuesday the 20th of June, the MAMA Youth trainees welcomed Tony Hall, BBC Director General as well as other BBC executives and industry supporters to their graduation event at the Broadcast Centre. The guests heard about the challenges young people face when trying to access the industry, the transformation our trainees had during the training and also their future aspirations.

Following the trainees’ presentation Tony Hall, BBC Director General and Mark Linsey BBC Studios Director said:

"When you're spending you're time with us and other places, remember we are going to learn just as much as you learn. Because having just watched you all just now, you are a very powerful group of people. I really am impressed by what I've seen and I just want to say good luck to you all and enjoy being with the BBC." - Tony Hall, BBC Director General

“We need you here at the BBC, we need you in our industry. We need your passion, your zeal, your tenacity. The programme has been enormously successful and I’m really pleased that we’re able to play such an active part.” - Mark Linsey BBC Studios Director

Over the past three years, more than 60 trainees have worked with the BBC and many of those with placements in Production. This year, twenty trainees will join the BBC to work in both BBC Studios and BBC Content and four trainees will join Procam TV, who is another partner and supplies all filming equipment pro bono .

Special thanks to: Sky, Endemol Shine, Production Guild, Fremantle Media, Hat Trick Productions and Panavision for investing in our training and having joined MAMA Youth in training the next generation of talent.